Dino Djulbic returns for Glory

Returning West Australian defender Dino Djulbic has inked a two-year deal with Perth Glory following stints in the Chinese Super League and UAE Pro League.

The 31-year-old made his professional debut for Glory in 2007/08 and went on to play a further 27 times for the club, finishing third in the best and fairest award and Most Glorious Player awards in his first season.

CEO Jason Brewer said: “Dino has been training with the squad for a number of months now, and has already demonstrated over that period what an asset he will be for the club.

“He has quickly gained the respect of the playing group and is highly regarded by the club’s new coaching setup.

“His track record is exactly what this club needs, his experience, presence and leadership is what the club and in particular our developing players will greatly benefit from and I know he can’t wait to get back in front of the Perth Glory supporters after a few years away from home.”

Djublic moved to Germany early in the 2008/09 season before returning to Australia late in 2009 for the now defunct Gold Coast United, where he teamed up with current Perth defender, Michael Thwaite.

In 2011 he signed with Guizhou Renhe FC, where a string of good performances saw him named in the CSL League Team of the Year for 2012.

He represented Australia in the 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup qualifiers and spent last year in the UAE with Al-Wahda S.C.C.

Djublic expressed delight at being back where it all began.

“It’s great to be back at Glory, the club where I made my professional debut and which has given me so much, both on and off the pitch,” the towering defender said.

“It’s been over five years since I last played for Glory and I am looking forward to once again playing in the A-League.

“Next season is very important to me and all involved in the club. We have to compete and we have to get back to our winning ways. It’s great to be home.”

Perth fans will get an opportunity to see Djulbic back in Glory colours for the first time when 2014/15 pre-season training kicks off in June.